I found this to be a very good book. Tony is an excellent storyteller and has a lot of good things to say about improving culture.
interesting well narrated
it was well read. very authentic
overall its an interesting story. he gets very kitsch towards the end and you can feel how much he loves himself. he is not very humble, that being said the story is interesting and well narrated. Bottom line no matter what I say about the guy he's a rock star!
I haven't read the printed version but this book was narrated by Tony Hsieh which sounded a lot batter than other audible books!!!
While I applaud Tony's desire to narrate his own book, I don't think the audio could be much more boring. It was hard to slog through for that reason alone.
Otherwise, I thought his writing was very good and he expressed himself and his company well. May be the case where you should read it rather than listen to it.
BTW - I listened to this to hear about the Zappos culture and see if there was anything we could incorporate into our business and there was plenty. What I got most was the need to do one thing and try your damndest to be the best at it. Zappos just decided to pick the coolest concept and then aced it.
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The Realness of his life
Way to go Tony :) Great book.
Interests in Design/Engineering, Architecture, & History
Here's the bottom line, I enjoy business books and memoirs to hear about people's struggle and wisdom and how they achieved their goals. As a result of these books, I'm inspired, and I approach my day with more confidence and feel-goodness.
This book doesn't deliver. You won't feel inspired, like you should "go out and and get 'em", you won't really learn anything new, and you'll be surprised there's a long section on how to play poker popping up in the middle about a book presumably about Zappos.
This book treads between the worlds of not supplying enough information or story when it is needed, and then going off topic on threads that really shouldn't be in the book in the first place. For example, when starting and selling his first business to Microsoft for 260+million, there could be more information on the business itself, how it ran, what it was like, but instead, it's over in less than a few minutes, and hey, he's a millionaire. Then a long rambling section on how to play poker??? Even if it's helpful, even if it's true, if I wanted to read a book on how Tony Hsieh plays poker, I would be looking for a book called Delivering Poker Chips by Tony Hsieh. In this book it just sticks out like narcissistic rambling.